The Indo-Pacific in the post-Trump era: Expectations and Challenges

The Institute of International Relations Prague has the great pleasure of inviting you to a webinar whose theme is “The Indo-Pacific in the Post-Trump Era:  Expectations and Challenges” on 18th March 2021.


Datum: 18.03.2021
Čas: 11:15
Organizuje: Institute of International Relations

The webinar aims to join the current discussion on the evolving dynamics among great and middle powers in the Indo-Pacific area since the accession of President Joe Biden and his new administration to the White House. President Biden’s new foreign policy team presented their approach to world affairs by declaring “America is back, ready to lead the world” in November 2020. As such, a departure from President Trump’s “America First” foreign policy and a return to liberal internationalism are broadly expected. What does it mean for the U.S. international mission in the Indo-Pacific, and for the geopolitical balance between the increasingly assertive China and its close neighbourhood? In which direction and to what extent will the process of decoupling between the West and China continue, and how will these trends affect the Asian states? What’s Japan’s role in the post-Trump Indo-Pacific and what are the expectations regarding the US-Japan Alliance? What are the prospects and challenges for the US-Japan-EU cooperation and for the QUAD? What strategic plans are there for Australia and/or South Korea, and what are the expectations regarding the Asia-Pacific trade deals (the RCEP, the CPTPP)? This event brings together the perspectives of experts from the USA, the Czech Republic, France, Japan and Australia.

The webinar will be streamed online. You may register for the event here.


11:15 – 11:25 CET

Opening Remarks

Ondřej Ditrych, Director of the Institute of International Relations Prague


11:30-13:00 CET

Part 1

Chair: Alica Kizeková, Head of Asia Pacific Unit, IIR Prague, the Czech Republic


  • Hiroyuki Akita, Nikkei Commentator, Japan 
    • Japanese perspective on Biden's approach to China
  • Laura-Anca Parepa, Special Research Fellow, Institute of Policy Studies, Tsuda University, Japan 
    • The economic security dimension of the US-Japan-EU cooperation: prospects and challenges
  • Rosita Dellios, Associate Professor, Bond University, Australia 
    • The Continent in Between: Australia’s Quest for Strategic Literacy in the Post-Trump Indo-Pacific 
  • Jan Hornát, Head of Department of North American Studies, Charles University Prague, the Czech Republic 
    • The QUAD and the Biden Administration's Prospective Indo-Pacific Strategy


13:30-15:00 CET

Part 2

Chair: Jan Hornát, Head of Department of North American Studies, Charles University Prague, the Czech Republic


  • Michal Kolmaš, Head of Department of Asian Studies, Metropolitan University Prague, the Czech Republic 
    • Japan's role in a post-Trump Indo-Pacific
  • Michito Tsuruoka, Associate Professor, Keio University, Japan 
    • The US-Japan Alliance: from Trump to Biden
  • Françoise Nicholas, Director of Center for Asian Studies, IFRI Paris, France 
    • The Asia-Pacific Trade Deals (RCEP, CPTPP): What is in it for the EU?
  • Robert G. Sutter, Professor of Practice of International Relations, George Washington University, USA 
    • American domestic politics and the outlook for US competition with China in the Indo-Pacific